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The Maelstrom-class battle cruiser was a class of battlecruiser that was introduced during the Clone Wars and deployed by the Republic Navy of the Galactic Republic as their largest capital ship and as a ship of the proto-Star Destroyer family. Despite its power, only a select few witnessed any action. At the end of the war, the battlecruisers were in service to the Galactic Empire but were mothballed and discarded. At least one, the Simoom, came under ownership of the Alliance to Restore the Republic.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

The Maelstrom-class battle cruiser was manufactured by Kuat Drive Yards and belonged to the family of dagger-shaped proto-Star Destroyers such as the Venator-class Star Destroyer and the Acclamator-class assault ship. The Maelstrom-class was designed to inspire awe in allies and fear in enemies, and as such had a long, thin, and heavily armored cranked delta hull with twin command suites that were positioned at the aft over the main sublight engines.[1]

The Maelstrom-class was armed with ten port and ten starboard heavy turbolaser batteries, ten ventral battleship ion cannons, ten port and ten starboard medium ion cannons, ten port and ten starboard and ten forward-mounted proton torpedo launchers, ten ventral retractable quad-barrel assault concussion missile launchers, twenty ventral medium tractor beam projectors, and ten ventral heavy tractor beam projectors. It had a long-ranged sensor, along with a deflector shield generator. It was equipped with sublight engines that were used in conjunction with a class 3 primary hyperdrive and a class 15 as a backup. For navigation, it was equipped with a navigation computer and had consumables for two years with an encumbrance of 12,500.[1]

The Maelstrom-class was crewed by 45,000 officers, pilots, and enlisted crew, and could accommodate 15,000 troops and support staff. It carried a complement of numerous assault ships, gunboats, landing craft, shuttles, and an entire fighter wing of 120 starfighters, although standard specifications were ninety-six starfighters. A single ship of the class cost 158,000,000 credits.[1]

Role[edit | edit source]

Due to its characteristics, the Maelstrom-class battle cruiser was optimized for fleet command duties, along with fleet carrier and planetary siege capabilities.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Produced at the onset of the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Separatist Alliance, the Maelstrom-class battle cruiser was the largest and most impressive vessel within the Republic Navy. Despite its impressive design, the battle cruisers proved unpopular were phased out of service soon after its introduction, which by that time, the war was in its final stage as newer and faster ships such as the Victory-class Star Destroyer. Additionally, the Maelstroms were never really deployed in their planned roles as they required vast resources to maintain and too expensive to operate, despite its power.[1]

The lead ship of the class, the Maelstrom, served with distinction at the Battle of Kromus and later at the Battle of Cularin when it was under the command of Jedi General Darrus Jeht, although most of the other ships of the class never partook in combat. Once the Clone Wars ended and the Republic transitioned into the Galactic Empire, the Imperial Navy reorganized and as a result, the Maelstrom-class battle cruisers that remained in service were eventually mothballed, used as test beds, or broken up. By the Galactic Civil War against the Rebel Alliance, a handful of the mothballed ships still remained, with at least one of them, the Simoom, serving within the Alliance Fleet.[1]

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Galactic Republic starship classes
Space stations
DS-1 · FireStar II-class · Golan I · Haven-class · Starlight Beacon
Star Destroyers
Maelstrom-class · Venator-class (Venator II-class) · Victory-class
Cruisers
Acclamator-class (Acclamator I-class · Acclamator II-class) · Dreadnought-class · Emissary-class · Pacifier-class
Frigates
DP20 · MedStar-class · Pelta-class · Salvation-class
Light cruisers
Arquitens-class · Consular-class space (Consular-class Armed · Consular-class Charger c70)
Corvettes
Alderaanian diplomatic cruiser (CR70 corvette · CR90 corvette) · IPV-2C Stealth Corvette
Transports
AA-9 Freighter-Liner · CSS-1 · LH75 Low Orbit Specialty Live-Haul
Light craft
Eta-class · F-143 · G9 Rigger-class · GX1 short hauler · H-2 executive · HAET-221 · LAAT (LAAT/c · LAAT/i · LAAT/le · Space gunship) · Longbeam · Nu-class (Republic medical) · Republic executive · Republic space tug · T-6 · Theta-class T-2c · TUG-314 · Util-313
Starfighters & bombers
ARC-40b · ARC-170 · BTL-B Y-wing · Cord-class · Delta-series (Alpha-3 Nimbus-class V-wing (Alpha-3B "Besh" · Alpha-3E "Esk") · Delta-7 Aethersprite-class · Delta-7B Aethersprite-class · Eta-2 Actis-class) · SU-42RS Flashblind · V-19 Torrent · Z-28 Skywing · Z-95 Headhunter (Clone Z-95 Headhunter)
Escape pods
AO-1 orbital assault pod · Republic escape pod · Salon pod
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Galactic Empire starship classes
Space stations
Class II · DS-1 · DS-2 · FireStar II-class · Golan I · Golan II · Golan III · Golan M3185 · Harbor-class · ICM-092792 · Imperial dockyard · Mk IX · Supertanker fuel depot
Star Dreadnoughts
Assertor-class · Executor-class (Executor I-class · Executor II-class)
Dreadnoughts
Bellator-class · Mandator-class
Battlecruisers
Maelstrom-class · Secutor-class
Star Destroyers
Gladiator-class (Gladiator I) · Imperial-class (Imperial I-class · Imperial II-class) · qaz-class · Tector-class · Unidentified Interdictor vessel · Venator-class · Victory-class (Victory II-class)
Heavy cruisers
Dreadnought-class · Interdictor-class · Vindicator-class
Cruisers
Cantwell-class · Detainer CC-2200 · Immobilizer 418 · Onager-class
Frigates & carriers
Active-class · CC-7700 · DP20 · EF76 Nebulon-B · Imperial escort carrier · IR-3F-class · Pelta-class · Quasar Fire-class (Quasar Fire I-class · Quasar Fire II-class) · Razor-class · Surveyor-class
Light cruisers & corvettes
Alderaanian diplomatic cruiser (CR90) · Arquitens-class command (Prison-tug) · Arquitens-class light · Carrack-class · Class 546 · Imperial Gozanti-class (Gozanti-class Assault · Gozanti-class espionage) · Raider-class (Raider I-class · Raider II-class) · S-46I
Transports
Aerial landing platform · BFF-1 · Class four container · Eta-class · Theta-class · Xiytiar-class · Y-45 · Y-85 Titan
Light craft
Abecederian line (Delta-class T-3c · Lambda-class T-4a · T-5 Deliverance) · Action series (Action VI bulk freighter) · Assault gunboat · Escort gunboat · Harbinger courier · HAET-221 · Imperial Dropship Transport · Imperial heavy freighter · Imperial transport · Nu-class · Sentinel-class · Star Commuter 2000 · Stormtrooper transport · Theta-class T-2c · VT-49 Decimator · YT-2400 light freighter · Zeta-class cargo · Zeta-class
Starfighters & bombers
Alpha-class Xg1 · ARC-40b · ARC-170 · ARX-T3 Suncutter · Delta-series (Alpha-3 Nimbus-class · Eta-2 Actis-class)
TIE line (Auto-fighter · Outland TIE · TIE Advanced v1 · TIE Advanced x1 · TIE/ag · TIE/sa · TIE/rb · TIE/D (TIE/D Elite) · TIE/LN · TIE fighter prototype · TIE/gt · TIE/IN · TIE lander · TIE/ph · TIE/ca · TIE/rp · TIE scout · TIE/sh · TIE/sk · TIE training drone) · XL-5 Guardian
Other classes
Imperial Planetary Occupation Facility · Praetor II-class
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Alliance to Restore the Republic starship classes
Space stations
FireStar II-class · Harbor-class · Mk IX
Battleships & battlecruisers
Lucrehulk-class · Maelstrom-class · MC80 (MC80A Home One Type · MC80 Liberty Type)
Cruisers
Dreadnought-class · Marsheem-class · MC75 (MC75 Armored · MC75 Ordnance) · Neutron Star-class · Quasar Fire-class · Unidentified cruiser · Unidentified cruiser 1 · Unidentified cruiser 2 · Unidentified cruiser 3 · Unidentified starship
Frigates
Assault Frigate Mark II · DP20 · EF76 Nebulon-B · MC30C · Munificent-class Comms · Pelta-class (Pelta-class Assault · Pelta-class Command)
Light cruisers
L-2783 · MC40A
Corvettes
Alderaanian diplomatic cruiser (CR70 · CR90) · Braha'tok-class · Free Virgillia-class · Sphyrna-class Hammerhead (Hammerhead Scout · Hammerhead Torpedo)
Transports
Ainik-class · Caisson-class · CSS-1 Corellian Star Shuttle · GR-75 medium transport (GR-75 Combat Retrofit) · Jadthu-class · Unidentified Rebel Alliance vessel
Light craft
E-50 · HAET-221 · HWK-290 · Kom'rk-class · Lambda-class T-4a · LAAT/i · Sheathipede-class · T-1 · Taylander · Unidentified Rebel Alliance shuttle · UT-60D U-wing · VCX series (VCX-100) · Wayfarer-class · X4 Gunship · Y-45 · YT-series (YT-1300 · YT-1760 · YT-2400) · YV-series (YV-666 · YV-929)
Starfighters & bombers
A/SF-01 B-wing · ARC-170 · Alpha-class Xg-1 · BTL Y-wing (BTL-A4 Y-wing · BTL-S3 Y-wing) · Delta-7 Aethersprite-class · Fang-class · H-60 Tempest · IE-440 Nighthawk · Kihraxz · N-1 · A-wing (R-22 Spearhead · RZ-1 A-wing · RZ-1T) · Scurrg H-6 · T-47 · X-wing (Patrol X-wing · T-65B X-wing (Exterior Variant /1 · Exterior Variant /2) · T-65C-A2 X-wing) · VCX-series auxiliary · Z-95 Headhunter · Z-95-AF4 Headhunter
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Star Destroyer classes
Star Dreadnoughts
Executor-class (Executor I-class · Executor II-class) · Mega-class
Carriers
Venator-class
Battlecruisers
Maelstrom-class · Resurgent-class · Secutor-class
Destroyers
Imperial-class (Imperial I-class · Imperial II-class)
Heavy cruisers
Interdictor-class
Cruisers
Acclamator-class (Acclamator I-class · Acclamator II-class) · Onager-class
Unknown designation
Gladiator-class (Gladiator I) · qaz-class · Tector-class · Unidentified Interdictor vessel · Victory-class (Victory II-class) · Xyston-class
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